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Depleted Pies too good for Tigers

By Roger Vaughan 28/03/2003 10:34:14 PM Comments (0)

A depleted Collingwood has opened the AFL season with a 28-point win over Richmond at the MCG.

The Magpies blew open the game in the second half to win 13.16 (94) to 8.18 (66).

Tigers football director Greg Miller claimed on Thursday the Magpies did not respect his side - going on Friday night's display, it would be with good reason.

The game also showed how influential the MCG redevelopment will be throughout this season.

The demolition of the Ponsford Stand has created a large gap at the western end of the ground, directly behind the goals.

A gusty westerly breeze made kicking for goal extremely tough at that end.

Collingwood excelled with a weakened side, which was missing five regular players.

Paul Licuria, Scott Burns and Jason Cloke were unavailable through suspension, while Simon Prestigiacomo and Josh Fraser missed through ankle injuries.

Richmond, by contrast, was poor in its disposal and lacked system after halftime.

Scores were level at quarter-time and the Magpies led by a point at the main break, with the first half a defensive grind in the windy conditions.

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